Lorne Falk, Five College visiting associate professor of contemporary art, theory and criticism, has worked in the arts and education for 35 years. His experience is international, interdisciplinary and transcultural. His interests include the contemporary visual and media arts, digital culture, cultural theory and criticism, and curatorial practice. Among the issues that burn brightly for him now are the challenges of interdisciplinary research and creation, our relationship to the environment, ethics and the nature of the workplace, the generation of strong local communities in global culture, the creative application of compassion and generosity (reconciliation theory), and the instrumental role of the liberal arts in all of these domains.
Lorne has written and published more than 60 essays and produced 19 catalogues and books. He has curated more than 150 exhibitions, including 8 major projects. His roots in cyberspace go back to the early 1980s, when he curated the exhibition Chicago - Biographies of an Interactive Life Style. Lorne received his B.A. in biology from the University of Winnipeg, and pursued doctoral studies in autopsy pathology at the University Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan before switching to art. He later completed course work for an M.A. in art history at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.
Lorne was Dean of Faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) in Boston from 2001 to 2008. From 1997 to 2000, he was Associate Professor (design theory and criticism) at the School of Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. From 1989 to 1994, he was a Program Director at the Banff Centre for the Arts, where he created and directed an international multidisciplinary residency program for artists and scholars with themes such as Rhetoric Utopia and Technology, Nomad, and Living at the End of Nation States. From 1978 to 1985, he was Director and Chief Curator of the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. He was Director-Curator of The Photographers Gallery in Saskatoon, Canada from 1973 to 1977.
Recent and Upcoming Courses
CSI-0297: Interpreting Culture (Spring 2014)
HACU-0291: The Bioapparatus (Fall 2013)
HACU-128T: Ethical Imagining in Contemporary Culture (Fall 2013)
HACU-0297: Border Culture: Globalization and Contemporary Art (Spring 2013)